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Applesauce Gingerbread

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Categories: Christmas, Low-calorie, Low-fat
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

Be sure to use unsweetened applesauce in this gingerbread, which gets its sweetness from molasses, allspice, and cinnamon.

Serves: 18 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten

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Directions:

  1. Place the flours, sugar, baking soda, spices, and salt in a large bowl, and stir to mix well. Add all of the remaining ingredients, and stir with a wire whisk to mix well. Set the batter aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Coat a 9-x-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk the batter for 15 seconds, and spread it evenly in the pan. Bake at 325°F for about 40 minutes, or just until the top springs back when lightly touched and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  3. Allow the cake to cool for at least 30 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm or at room temperature with a light whipped topping, if desired.

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Best-Kept Secrets of Healthy Cooking by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. Copyright © 2000 by Sandra Woodruff.

To order this book go to www.penguin.com. Get a 15% discount with the coupon code FENPARENT.

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